April 23, 2014 16:27
The American Legislative Exchange Council is at it again. Late last week, the shadowy organization released its annual publication “Rich States Poor States” billed as a way to “identify the states that have policies that can lead a state to economic prosperity and those that are stuck on the path to a lackluster economy.”
The report also says it measures how each state can expect to perform economically based on 15 policy areas that have proven to determine economi... [More]
April 22, 2014 14:24
It has come to the IAFF’s attention that several bills are now appearing in state legislatures relating to the Mobile Integrated Healthcare (Community Paramedic) and EMS. Some provisions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) set up opportunities for EMS providers to participate in delivering various aspects of healthcare outside the hospital in an effort to cut overall cost of care. For example, EMS personnel may be involved in follow-up services with patients once they have been di... [More]
April 16, 2014 16:06
An eighth grade girl set fire in a school bathroom while students took part in testing in Lexington Park, Maryland.
Five Sacramento, CA juveniles set fire to an elementary school. At least two juveniles set fire to two homes in Springfield, IL.
A New York City, NY first responder died recently as a result of injuries sustained after a 16-year-old boy set fire to a mattress in a hallway in an apartment building.
All of these stories grabbed headlines this month.
In the aftermath of inci... [More]
April 16, 2014 09:44
Making the decision to go back to school can be a little overwhelming. As your union, we understand and we are here to help you through this process. First, there is no ‘right way,’ nor is there ‘one path.’ Getting your degree or deciding to take courses is something that has to meet your busy firehouse and family schedules.
Here are six steps to help you make important decisions to lead you to a successful higher education experience.
Step One: Online vs. On camp... [More]
April 10, 2014 16:10
The anti-union rhetoric is in full effect in Tennessee during this legislative session, and IAFF members have fought to keep harmful legislation at bay that threatens their First Amendment rights.
Opponents of labor unions introduced a bill that would have made it a misdemeanor to “mass picket.” The bill would apply to any and all picketers.
The Tennessee Professional Fire Fighters Association (TPFFA) says the bill has numerous “unintended” consequences and many parts o... [More]
April 1, 2014 17:34
Donations and heartfelt sympathies have been pouring in for the families of two fallen Boston Local 718 members who died in the nine alarm Beacon Street fire. As people continue to pay their respects, there are multiple online scammers ready and willing to take advantage of those who are genuine and want to offer their support during this difficult time.The Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts and Boston Fire Local 718 are warning the public via social media about those groups who are try... [More]
March 26, 2014 09:48
Aurora, CO fire fighters are grateful the City Council wisely postponed a decision that would have wrongfully changed the disciplinary appeals process for first responders.Although pleased with the victory, fire fighters aren’t sitting still. They are continuing to educate members of the Aurora City Council and news media on why the initiative should not be brought up again.The 11-member Aurora City Council backed off the proposal after hearing from concerned first responders on how they t... [More]
March 24, 2014 11:51
We’ve all heard of the Bridge Gate scandal in New Jersey where top Chris Christie staffers closed the George Washington Bridge in alleged political retaliation from the governor. But more attention should be focused on a scandal that’s hurting New Jersey retirees’ pensions.
We all know that Christie is no friend to unions and has publicly bullied public workers in efforts to gain more power. He has tried to increase the retirement age of workers, cut benefits and make employee... [More]
March 21, 2014 10:24
On March 24, 2014, the 11-member City Council in Aurora, Colorado will be taking up an initiative on the November ballot that would change the disciplinary appeals process so that fire fighters would be considered “guilty until proven innocent.”
If you think that this initiative being pushed by some on the Council is over the top and is in direct conflict with provisions set forth in the United States Constitution regarding due process, then you agree with Aurora Local 1290 and just... [More]
March 19, 2014 12:46
As companies continue to flee the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the shadowy organization is searching for new sources of revenue.
According to this Guardian report, ALEC plans to target city and local governments for potential new revenue streams in efforts to replicate its influence within state legislatures.
The American City County Exchange (ACCE) will target policy makers from villages, towns, cities and counties.
The new off-shoot will offer corporate America a direct con... [More]